Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pa Rifle Deer Season: Its Over


As dusk fell across the countryside this evening another Pa deer season closed. Slowly life will return to normal for the deer as the winter chill deepens.

Many have voiced their sentiments in comments here both pro and anti hunting. I do respect everyone’s opinion and am glad that you all feel free to share. I grew up hunting and continue to hunt although my weapon of choice today is usually a camera but not always. Hunting is a very useful tool for the modern wildlife manager to control certain wildlife populations. Hunting also generates considerable economic activity. Fees and taxes paid by hunters provide the majority of the money spent on wildlife conservation in this country.

My attitude towards many hunters or so called sportsmen has been tainted by the actions of many that I have had contact with over the years. Too many hunters disrespect the wishes of those controlling property and could not care less about infringing upon landowners rights. Frequently this type of hunter also cares very little about wildlife or the regulations that govern the taking of it.





I shot this photograph today. The hunters who were cruising a back road with the window down (temperature was below freezing) had just observed me with the camera. There is little doubt the only reason the window was down was so a rifle could be thrust out quickly if deer were sighted. This is just some of the actions that give hunting and hunters a bad name.
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20 comments:

Shellmo said...

The first photo of the deers nuzzling was so sweet - went right to my heart. The last photo of the renegade hunters made me shake my head. I hate when people think that the rules / laws don't apply to them!

kayleen said...

Love the photo of the two deer nuzzling. Unfortunately its the ones that don't follow the "rules" that ruin it for the ones that do, and not just in hunting.

Faye Pekas said...

That guy was flipping you off??? Talk about rude. The first shot is precious.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

It's always the few bad apples that ruin it for the barrel. It's good to know there are people out there like you who can see it from both sides ... and bridge the gap.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A beautiful first picture Coy. In conservation there is unfortunately always pros and cons about most things. Our elephant culling is a prime example.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Beautiful, loving image, Dad. ...the doe and her fawn I'm talking about, not the "Rednecks" with the window down ;)

babooshka said...

The image is incredibly sweet.

Bradley Myers said...

I see the road hunter is so very mature with his finger sticking out the window.

I have been looking but have not had time to comment, the racoon photos were fantastic. That had to be a great time.

Ken Conger Photography said...

Timely post and certainly relate to your worthy comments. I never refer to hunters who intentionly violate the laws as sportsmen. Plain and simple these are poachers. Blue Skies.

Gretchen said...

There will always be bad in every group. We have to remember that and not lump everyone together.

Your first picture is too adorable! Have a wonderful Sunday! :)

Misty Dawn said...

Like you, I hunt with a camera. I am not anti-hunting at all - in fact I am a supporter of hunting and come from a family where everyone hunts. However, also like you, I only support proper hunting and hunters who follow the rules.

By the way - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that first photo - it is absolutely beautiful.

KC said...

love that 1st photo.. that is way to sweet.

Geri said...

Great picture of the nuzzling deer. When I say the title of this article I was a little scared, thinking it was going to be about shooting them (and I guess it was) but in a different way than what I thought.

ramblingwoods said...

Coy..I have to say that you and my daughter's fiance`have really educated me about being a responsible hunter and the necessity of hunting. So I thank you both for that...I still couldn't do it myself..

Leedra said...

I assume that is illegal. I remember it was illegal to have a loaded gun in the front seat in the hunting managed areas for that same reason. This is the only hunting I am against, that and on somebody's property. Getting out and walking the woods to hunt is fine, as long as the meat is eaten and it is not just for the antlers to mount on the wall.

gina said...

i love the first shot....so sweet. i see nothing wrong with hunting as long as it's done right. it not only saddens me, it angers me when 'hunters' break the laws and have no respect for wildlife or nature. personally, i prefer hunting with my camera only. :)

fishing guy said...

Salty: That is what you call a beautiful photo and an ugly one. Why would the hunters think that action was necessary? The deer photo is so precious.

Carla said...

Beautiful deer-shame on unsportsman hunters.

Salty said...

Thanks everyone for your comments.

Illegal and unethical acts are not acts to be condoned. I totally agree with Ken that individuals who perpetrate crimes against wildlife do not deserve to be called sportsmen or hunters, they are poachers/killers and for these persons I have a zero tolerance!

During the rifle deer season illegal hunting by use of motorized vehicle becomes the method of choice for many poachers to hunt private property where they are not allowed to set foot

Meggie said...

Right on, Salty! I have many friends that are, what I call, respectful hunters. The ones like you post about are the kind that give hunters a bad name. While I never wish good luck to my hunter friends I do try to respect their point of view.